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Welcome to our School Community!

Welcome  to  the  Columbia  Heights  Early  College  Campus  for  school  year 2013-2014.  As we start the year, it is a time to celebrate the successes of the past year, and look forward to the hopes and excitement of the year we are beginning.  Last year saw many outstanding accomplishments for both Lincoln Multicultural Middle School, and Bell Multicultural High School.  In our fifth year as a grade 6 through 12 Early College Campus,  we worked diligently
to have a unified approach to teaching and learning, so that each grade builds on the next one.  Bell Multicultural High School was once again named by the Washington Post Challenge Index as one of  the top high schools for challenge in the Washington area! This honor was based on the level of rigor we provide through our Advanced Placement program.  We have received our DCCAS results from last year, and are  proud to announce that CHEC made significant gains in both reading and math, not only in the number achieving proficient and advanced, but in our overall accountability index, which measures how many students are showing growth.

The following are the highlights of CHEC’s DCCAS results:

  • In English Language Arts,  CHEC improved by 6.5%, from 40.3%  proficient, to 46.8  proficient.

  • In Math, CHEC improved by 4.3%, from 47.6% proficient, to 51.9% proficient.

  • In Composition, CHEC attained a level of 48%  proficient

  • The School Accountability Index remained in the Rising Category, which is the second highest Category, and grew 6 % , from 49% to 55.3 %.

We also have some highlights in the area of Advanced Placement Achievement:

  • Overall, our passing rate was 14%

  • In AP Studio Art,  there were four  3’s and one 4

  • In AP Calculus, there was one 4 and one 3

  • In AP Chemistry, there were two 3’s

  • In AP Biology, there were two 3’s

  • In AP Physics, there was one 5, one 4, and one 3

  • In AP French, there was one 5, two 4’s and three 3’s

  • In AP Government, there was one 3, in AP History  there were two 3’s

  • In AP Spanish Language, there were  twelve 5’s. fifteen 4’s, and 25  3’s

  • In AP Spanish Literature, there were three 4’s and 19 3’s

  • In AP English Language and Composition there was  one 4 and three 3’s, and in AP English Literature there were two 3’s.

One of the goals of our campus is to prepare all students to enter college or post secondary training. Last year’s graduating class continued the trend we have established of obtaining more scholarships and financial aid for our senior class. The class of 2013 collected over $2,500,000 in scholarships and grants.  We have high hopes for the class of 2014, and many of them have worked over the summer on preparing their applications. This year, we will continue our work of creating a college going culture and preparation, beginning in the sixth grade.  In addition, we will be expanding our bilingual program, so that all incoming sixth graders will have the opportunity to become bilingual in English and Spanish.

Our school is committed to creating learning experiences which focus on rigor, relevance and social justice.  Every teacher, administrator, and staff member at CHEC stands ready to work with each and every student, so that all students can experience academic success and excitement in learning.   Your role as a student is to keep focused on your goals, work hard in school every day, and complete your assignments every night.  Remember, according to the CHEC creed, “You are powerful beyond measure.”   Have a wonderful school year, and let’s work together relentlessly as students, parents and educators.


Maria Tukeva

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